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Positive Aging Coalition Newsletter – Summer 2013

Welcome to the summer edition of the Positive Aging Coalition’s newsletter.  Our organization supports people in the second half of their lives who are transitioning into their Next Chapter.   We   facilitate connections that lead to community service, life long learning, meaningful work, self discovery and well being.

In this newsletter you’ll find a few informational articles written by community members and you’ll see some examples of the type of collaborative work we are involved in within the Northern Virginia community.  We’ve also included information on projects and programs currently being offered by our partners.

 

 

Charting the Course to Your Retirement

A Retirement Class Offered Through George Mason University

 

Are You: 

  • Within several  years of retirement? 
  • Considering NOT retiring? 
  • Ready for your Next Chapter? 
  • Over 50 and considering your options? 

 

In “Charting the Course to Your Retirement”, participants discuss topics such as the influence of changing roles within their relationships, the possibilities of career and part time work, the value of community involvement, changing family commitments and enjoying a lifetime of leisure.   You will have an opportunity to reflect on your own goals and will be provided with tools to create an individual, customized retirement plan.   As part of a pilot project for potential research, GMU is offering this 8 hour class at a reduced rate of $40.00 per person.

 

Wednesday     June 26, 2013              10:00am – 6:00pm                  Burke Center Library,  5935 Freds Oak Rd,  Burke, Va. 22015

*** Please Note   This non-credited course is not a financial management class but instead focuses on the non-financial aspects of Next Chapter planning and transitioning.

For More Information and to register –  http://psychology.gmu.edu/events

 

 

Creating a More Older Adult-Friendly Community:

Let Your Voice be Heard!  A Call to Action!

Fairfax County projects a dramatic increase in its older population. Between 2005 and 2030, the county expects the 50 and over population to increase by 40 percent and the 70 and over age group by 88 percent.  The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, together with the Fairfax Area Commission on Aging, is working to continue progress toward creating a more livable community for its older residents.

This summer, they are hosting community forums throughout the county to hear what residents have to say. Focus areas include housing and transportation; easy access to services and; healthy lifestyles & community engagement.

This is your chance to share your ideas on what we need to do together to ensure the county continues to be a livable, lifelong community for its growing older population.   Once the community forums are completed, a new Fairfax 50+ Action Plan will be developed.

Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/olderadults to link to the registration page and find additional forums as they are scheduled. You can also register by calling 703-324-5411, TTY 711. If you cannot attend a forum and would like to comment, call or email  at DFSCommunity@fairfaxcounty.gov

Currently scheduled forums:

Monday, June 3                       10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.        Chantilly Library

Wednesday, June 5               5-7 p.m.                                      West Springfield Governmental Center

Wednesday, June 19             7-9 p.m.                                      South County Center
Monday, June 24                   10 a.m.-12:00 noon                  Luther Jackson Middle School

Wednesday, June 26             4-6 p.m.                                      McLean Community Center

Wednesday, July 10               4-6 p.m.                                      Herndon Senior Center
Thursday, July 11                   9-11 a.m.                                      Ravensworth Baptist Church
Friday, July 19th                      9:30 – 11:30                            Greenspring

The Impact of Volunteering – On Others – On Yourself

Article submitted by Mary White – Volunteer with the Volunteer Respite Program

Life is about connections – to share a moment – when laughter is added it is a precious moment. My client, whom I have visited for over two years, adds to my life in so many ways. We greet each other with warm smiles and a sparkle in our eyes. Although my name is never said, I feel that I am remembered – something about me is familiar. I am honored that I can bring friendship to our relationship.  In the midst of repeated stories, there is time for learning. My client (whom I call my friend) is teaching me some greetings in her native language and we share our love of playing cards. There is playfulness and humor in her personality and when it is sparked, we laugh. And we sometimes sing and that may bring on a memory. Pure sweetness – that’s what it is.

My visits give me an awareness of what life is all about. When I see pure “self-giving” from the caretaker, I am witnessing what life is all about. Caring for another, honoring life’s promise, knowing what is important in life, that is what I see in the beloved spouse.  I treasure the moment when the caretaker arrives home and hears us laughing. That compounds the time together. To give a moment of peace and trust to the caregiver, to give someone a moment of relaxed freedom for just a short time – wow – that is huge – and at the same time – so very little.

“What do you think of me?” my client will sometimes ask.  “I love your spirit, your beautiful blue eyes, your deep appreciation of what is done for you, the way you love your husband, your childhood memories, and your terrific sense of humor – you always make me laugh.” And then there is a big shy smile.

And as always, each visit leaves me with profound gratefulness for my own freedom to come and go. Upon leaving, I always feel it is a “Thank you God” time.

 

Article Submitted by Janet Clement – Volunteer with the Volunteer Respite Program

Having been a caregiver for my mother for a number of years, I know that it can be rewarding, but also overwhelming. Because caregiving requires being responsible for the welfare of a loved one 24/7 with neither let-ups nor breaks, it is, to my mind, the most difficult job there is.  So when I first heard about the Volunteer Respite Program, I knew immediately that it was something that I wanted to do.  At this point, I have been offering respite care to two different clients for almost two years and I will be doing the same for a third family soon.  This opportunity to give back to our community gives me a sense of wellbeing. It is very gratifying and I am pleased to be a part of this program.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

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The Volunteer Respite Program provides special volunteers who are willing to give a family caregiver giving a short break allowing the caregiver to do something for him/herself – a dentist appointment, go to a school function, have coffee with a friend or just take a nap.  Volunteers are given training and are asked to commit to 6 hours a month for one year providing consistency necessary to develop trust and rapport with the family.  To volunteer with the Volunteer Respite Program, call Elderlink @ 703-324-7948 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/caregiver.htm

 

Article Submitted by Betsy Pugin – Volunteer with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and the Centreville Labor Resource Center

Follow your passion. Chances are, you have talents and passions that are in the back of your mind. Now, in retirement, it’s time to rediscover and use them. I have had a longtime interest in educating and sharing information; also in immigration, as the granddaughter of Eastern European immigrants. Now I am able to share these interests in retirement.  As a volunteer with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, I meet people from other countries who want to learn English – some I match with a tutor, and some I have tutored myself. In addition, as a volunteer with the Centreville Labor Resource Center, I tutor small groups who want to learn English, and do other volunteer work to promote the Center as a place where skilled laborers can come together and be hired.  These volunteer jobs are “appreciation opportunities” on all sides. I have the chance to follow my passions and the opportunity to meet wonderful people who, as adults, are motivated to make better lives for themselves and their families. They appreciate every opportunity they get to learn and grow.

For more information about volunteering opportunities with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, call 703-237-0866 or volunteers@lcnv.org. To volunteer at CLRC, call 703-543-6272 or centrevillelrc@gmail.com.

 

Leadership Fairfax – Lifetime Leadership Program (LLP)

The Lifetime Leadership Program is for those who have a lifetime of accumulated skills and leadership, and would like to use their wealth of knowledge to make a difference in their lives and in the community.

You have a lifetime of accumulated skills and leadership and now, you have time to direct those skills into actions that can make a real difference in your community. Through LLP, while connecting with peers in your class, you will set the stage to convert your wealth of knowledge into meaningful roles of engagement in your community.

Topics for the six class days include Self-discovery and leadership awareness, the Experience Dividend, encore careers,  resources for life-long learning, Fairfax County Government and Boards, Agencies, and Commissions, engagement in community through a service component and community volunteer needs and community resources.

The Lifetime Leadership program provided me with direct exposure to key contacts and broadened my knowledge of ways to think about and use my time and talents in the Fairfax County community.  Actively engaging with other retired leaders expanded my thinking and continues to enrich my decisions.  – Janice Sutera Wolfe, LLP ’12.

The Fall course begins on Wed, September 18th.  There will be an information session on Wednesday July 10 from 2 – 3 pm and Thursday, August 1 from 11 am to 12 noon at the LFI office  in Tysons.  If you are interested in finding out more or if you want to register, please contact Moniek at Moniek@leadershipfairfax.org     or visit the following website to find more information and a link to register. http://www.leadershipfairfax.org/llp

 

 

Fairfax County Programs for Older Adults

 Fairfax County’s Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) engages, connects and collaborates with individuals, organizations, neighborhoods, and communities to strategically plan and provide responsive services.  NCS also builds capacity to support community and neighborhood solutions, while providing services to youth, adults and the community and offering various ways for people to get involved.  Following is some information about Community Centers, Senior Centers and Center’s Without Walls.

 Community Centers offer something for every member of the family. From programs for adults, children, teens, and active seniors to after-school, mentoring, and sports programs.  In addition, community centers make rooms available for community meetings, classes, socials and weddings. Some of the centers have fitness centers. Community centers are lead by an advisory council comprised of representatives from the community who ensure that the services being provided are meeting the needs of the community.  Community Centers are located at; Bailey’s Community Center, in Falls Church,  Gum Springs Community Center, in Alexandria, Huntington Community Center, in Alexandria,  James Lee Community Center, in Falls Church,  Mott Community Center, in Fairfax,  David R. Pinn Community Center, in Fairfax,  Sacramento Neighborhood Center, in Alexandria,  Southgate Community Center, in Reston,  and Willston Multicultural Center, in Falls Church.

 Senior Centers for Active Adults offer opportunities to make friends, stay on the move, and learn new things. Fairfax County residents age 55 and over may join any of the 13 senior centers sponsored by the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. Senior centers offer classes, health and wellness programs, computer and Internet access, trips and tours, and opportunities to socialize with others and stay connected with your community. There is an annual membership fee  for attending the senior centers and lunch is available.   Transportation by Fastran bus may be available at a nominal charge from your home to the center nearest you.  Senior Centers are located at; Bailey’s Senior Center, in Falls Church,  South County Senior Center, in Alexandria, Herndon Senior Center, in Herndon, Hollin Hall Senior Center, in Alexandria, James Lee Senior Center, in Falls Church, Kingstowne Center for Active Adults, in Alexandria, Lewinsville Senior Center, in McLean, Lincolnia Senior Center, in Alexandria, Little River Glen Senior Center, in Fairfax, Lorton Senior Center, in Lorton, Pimmit Hills Senior Center, in Falls Church, Sully Senior Center, in Centreville,  Wakefield Senior Center in Annandale, City of Fairfax, in Fairfax, and in the City of Falls Church, in Falls Church.

 

Fairfax County Center Without Walls is an exciting public-private partnership among the residents of Burke, West Springfield, Fairfax Station, local businesses, places of worship and Fairfax County Government. It was created to provide a variety of programs, activities and services to older adults in this community. Building upon several successful pilot projects the Burke-West Springfield Center Without Walls continues to grow!  Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, Burke United Methodist Church and Durga Temple of Virginia were the first organizations to support the Center Without Walls.  To ensure the growth and community-led sustainability of the Center Without Walls, a network of community-based organizations, businesses and individuals committed to sharing and developing resources is being developed to provide programs, services, activities and opportunities for older adults in this community.

Here’s the County website for more information on any of these programs:          http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs

 

 

Positive Aging Coalition’s Wish List for 2012:

 Space – Do you have access to space for meetings, workshops?

Writers  - Would you be willing  to write an article for our newsletter?

Research – If you find an article of interest or know of research being done on the value of positive aging and/or transition programs, please let us know.

Funding – Are you aware of any grants, awards, or other possible funding opportunities which are related to our mission, values and objectives?

Web Consultant – Are you familiar with updating websites, social networking,  Wordpress?  Please contact us if you are willing to help!

 

You may forward information to Dorothykeenan1@gmail.com.   Please put Newsletter in the subject line.

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Positive Aging Coalition Newsletter – Winter 2013

Welcome to the Winter edition of the Positive Aging Coalition’s newsletter.  Our organization supports people in the second half of their lives who are transitioning into their Next Chapter.   We   facilitate connections that lead to community service, life long learning, meaningful work, self discovery and well being.

In this newsletter you’ll find a few informational articles written by community members and you’ll see some examples of the type of collaborative work we are involved in within the Northern Virginia community.  We’ve also included information on projects and programs currently being offered by our partners.

 Strategies for Successful Aging

Article submitted by Eileen Wilkinson who works in the field of Health Care Marketing.

Volunteer

Volunteering increases your circle, shares your gifts, benefits you and the organization, increases your sense of purpose, and may help you develop a new hobby.

Have a Positive Attitude

Keep a “Gratitude Journal”.  If confronted by chronic illness and loss, look for the silver lining.  Appreciate what you DO have. Realize that gains in wisdom may come with losses in physical abilities.  Seek out those who have an enthusiastic attitude.

Nurture Relationships

Reach out if you haven’t heard from loved ones.  Reconnect with old friends.  Make new friends by engaging in new activities/clubs.  Build comfort alliances.  Forget the “should”.  Find a faith community.

Laugh Often

There’s a physiological benefit to laughing, helping endorphins which release /reduce pain.  Laughing tightens your stomach and relaxes tense muscles, and also improves breathing, digestion, blood flow and your immune system.

Have Regular Doctor Visits

Plan regularly scheduled doctor visits.  Include appointments to check your hearing and eyes.  As we age, changes to these vital organs occur but are correctable.

Ask for Help

Find someone to help you when you need it – trimming trees, attending to your finances, and selecting medical advice.

Mental Gymnastics

Keep your mind sharp!  Play word games or chess, and read to stay current.   Practice debating important issues.

Healthy aging is not an accident or chance event.  It’s a process rather than an outcome – a way of doing and being.  It can be governed by genes and circumstances but with thoughtful, careful planning you can commit to a positive lifestyle.  Be proactive, stay informed, be realistic and reframe your life to deliberately approach the adventure of the latter part of your  life through ongoing, day to day efforts to live as well as possible!

The Role of Shepherds Centers of America

 Article submitted by Barry R. Wickersham – Vice Chairman for Programs and Operations of Shepherd’s Center Fairfax-Burke.

Shepherd’s Center of America (SCA) is a network of interfaith community-based organizations that provide meaning and purpose for adults throughout their mature years.   The role and mission of SCA is to build and support this nationwide network of member organizations, and to ensure all Centers have a common mission to empower older adults to use their wisdom and skills for the good of their communities.  The Shepherd’s Center of America headquarters provides technical assistance to new and mature centers, assists in building a national network of member centers, and collaborates with other organizations to advocate for the interests of older adults.

Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke (SCFB) is one of 60+ Centers throughout the U.S.  It is a non-profit, volunteer organization committed to providing life support and enrichment services for people over 50 years in our Virginia community.  Our efforts are focused on helping seniors to live independently with lives of purpose and dignity, and to empower older adults to use their wisdom and skills for the good of their community peers.  Programs offered include bi-monthly luncheons with entertainment and speakers, educational programs with expert speakers and small group activities, low impact exercise programs, free medical and shopping transportation, friendly caller and visitor, monthly visits to the movies, and dementia care giver support assistance.  Most centers offer similar programs, but some have other efforts such as home repair, legal and financial assistance, and specialized health and dietary guidance, etc.  SCFB can be contacted at www.scfbva.org, e mail at office@scfbva.org, or 703 426 2824.  Volunteers are always needed and welcomed to assist in managing and presenting these programs.

Northern Virginia is fortunate to have three additional Centers, each of which offers similar programs and serves older adults in their geographic area.  These Centers are:

Oakton-Vienna Shepherd’s Center, 703 281-5088/0538, director@scov.org

Annandale-Springfield Shepherd’s Center, 703 941 1419, shepherdscas@vacoxmail.com

McLean-Falls Church Shepherd’s Center, 703 506 2199, shepherdscenter@vacoxmail.com

Book We Recommend – Live Smart After 50!

The Life Planning Network’s new book LIVE SMART AFTER 50! The Experts’ Guide to Life Planning for Uncertain Times has just been released. Packed with fresh insights and expert advice from over 30 nationwide experts, the book will become the new go-to resource for you to use for your own life planning.  Each chapter focuses on a different issue which people face in their transition years, retirement or encore career years.  Topics such as: Bring Meaning to Money – Financing Your Dreams; The Right Place – Creating a Home for Your Changing Needs; and Good Work – Discover What Work Works for You; are only a few of the interesting and important chapters in this book, which also includes multiple exercises and worksheets for your personal use.  You can go to www.LiveSmartAfter50.com to read more and access the order links from there.

Psychological Fitness for Seniors

We’ve discovered an interesting new class offered by one of our partners – George Mason University.  One of their doctoral students in Clinical Psychology is coordinating a class which teaches evidence-based principles to enhance well-being.  The class, which is designed for adults ages 50 and older, will be offered for 8 weeks beginning in late February at the GMU Center for Psychological Services within The Organizational and Industrial Psychology Department and there is a small charge.   Look into this course if you are interested in enhancing your thinking, your identity, your moral health, behaviors, emotions, relationships and sexual health.  Classes are led by Diane Wagner, M.A., a doctoral student in clinical psychology.  For more information: contact the Center for Psychological Services at George Mason University at (703) 993-1370 or see their website for additional information and registration instructions at the following link:  http://psycclinic.gmu.edu/group.htm

Leadership Fairfax – Lifetime Leadership Program (LLP)

 The first graduates of the new Leadership Fairfax program called Lifetime Leadership Program had many wonderful comments about the leadership training course they’d just completed in November of 2012!

The Lifetime Leadership Program (LLP) is for those who have a lifetime of accumulated skills and leadership, and would love to use their wealth of knowledge to make a difference in their lives and in the community.   It’s a leadership course designed for retirees who wanted to move their lives from “success to significance.”  This fun and interactive course is designed to help people recognize their potential in the second half of their lives, and provides transition training for high-level volunteering and community engagement. Attendees are empowered to look at who they are in relation to their community-at-large, and encouraged to explore opportunities for civic awareness, community action and volunteer connections. LLP is based on the belief that retirees can offer a wealth of experience, leadership, and vitality to your communities while enriching your own lives.  The course was developed as a partnership between Leadership Fairfax and Volunteer Fairfax, in collaboration with the Positive Aging Coalition, George Mason University, Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services and Area Agency on Aging. The 2-1/2 month program offers bi-weekly program days, providing an overview of ways to transition into your next life chapter and insight into the Fairfax County Community and its needs.

You have a lifetime of accumulated skills, leadership and now, you have time to direct those skills into actions that can make a real difference in your community. LLP is an ideal way for you to set the stage to convert your wealth of knowledge into meaningful volunteer roles. Learn how to translate your expertise from career to premiere! 

This course begins on Wed, March 20th.  There will be an information session on Thursday Feb 7th at the LFI office in Tysons.  If you are interested in finding out more or if you want to register, please contact Moniek at Moniek@leadershipfairfax.org     or visit the following website to find more information and a link to register. http://www.leadershipfairfax.org/llp

 

Charting the Course to Your Retirement

A Retirement Class (non-credit) Offered Through George Mason University

 Are You:  Within several years of retirement?  Considering NOT retiring?  Ready for your Next Chapter?  Over 50 and considering your options?

One of the first questions people ask the board members of the Positive Aging Coalition (PAC) is where can someone take a retirement course in Northern Virginia?  People want a course which focuses of the positive aspects of retirement, so they can transition into the Best Years of Their Life.  A new (non-credited) class called “Charting the Course to Your Retirement” is being offered through George Mason University.  Taught by educators from GMU and other professionals who are certified 2Young2Retire facilitators, you’ll find this class to be both interactive and thought provoking while providing a great opportunity for you to chart your own course for a successful next chapter.

In “Charting the Course to Your Retirement”, the emphasis is shifted from the financial aspects of retirement to a focus on the social implications of this pivotal transition period.  Financial concerns in planning for retirement are not covered but instead, participants discuss topics such as the influence of changing roles within their relationships, the possibilities of career and part time work, the value of community involvement, changing family commitments and enjoying a lifetime of leisure.   You will have an opportunity to reflect on your own goals and will be provided with tools to create an individual, customized retirement plan.    The course is being offered in several formats with each class totaling 8 hours.  Courses will be held in several locations throughout the County and class materials will be provided.  As part of a pilot project for potential research, GMU is offering this 8 hour class at a reduced rate of $40.00 per person.

*** Please Note   This is not a financial management course. This course focuses on the non-financial aspects of Next Chapter planning and transitioning.

Winter/Spring plans for times and locations are included here and may also be found at http://psychology.gmu.edu/events

Sat, Apr 6, 2013           8:30am – 5:00pm                    James Lee Community Center, Falls Church, VA

Sat Apr 20, 2013          8:30am – 5:00pm                    Reston Community Center,  Reston, VA

Sat Apr 27, 2013          8:30am – 5:00pm                    Kingstowne Center for Active Adults, Alexandria, VA

Mon Apr 15 & Wed Apr 24, 2013, 5pm – 9pm            Herndon Senior Center, Herndon  VA  (This is a special “For Couples Only” Course)

May Date – To be Determined – will be held at Burke Center Library

A Few Great Opportunities!   Which One Is Best For Me?

People have been wondering what is the difference between two of the programs being promoted through the Positive Aging  Coalition –  the Lifetime Leadership Program presented by Leadership Fairfax and the Retirement Class being offered through GMU.

Lifetime Leadership Program – targets those who are already retired.  People who have a wealth of knowledge  from their careers will learn how to convert this experience into meaningful volunteer roles in their communities through high-level volunteering and community engagement. You will be empowered to look at who you are in relation to your community-at-large, and encouraged to explore opportunities for civic awareness, community action and volunteer connections.

Charting the Course to Your Retirement – targets those who are within a few years of retirement or recently retired.  People who would like help in easing their transition to retirement will discuss topics such as; changing roles within their relationships, career and part time work, the value of community involvement, changing family commitments and enjoying a lifetime of leisure.  Through discussion, a workbook and exercises that promote reflection, you will be provided with tools to create an individual, customized retirement plan.

If you are trying to decide which program is for you, we suggest using the links to websites provided for each program to seek additional information.

 

Positive Aging Coalition’s  Wish List for 2012:

Space – Do you have access to space for meetings, workshops?

Writers  - Would you be willing  to write an article for our newsletter?

Research – If you find an article of interest or know of research being done on the value of positive aging and/or transition programs, please let us know.

Funding – Are you aware of any grants, awards, or other possible funding opportunities which are related to our mission, values and objectives?

Web Consultant – Are you familiar with updating websites, social networking,  Wordpress?  Please contact us if you are willing to help!

You may forward information or direct your questions to  Dorothykeenan1@gmail.com.   Please put Newsletter in the subject line.

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Welcome to the Summer 2012 Newsletter!

Positive Aging Coalition Newsletter – Summer  2012

The Positive Aging Coalition supports people in the second half of their lives who are transitioning into their Next Chapter.   We   facilitate connections that lead to community service, life long learning, meaningful work, self discovery and well being.

In this newsletter you’ll see some examples of the type of collaborative work we are currently doing to assist community organizations in providing to our community.

Leadership Fairfax – Lifetime Leadership Program (LLP)

We’re very excited to announce our collaborative efforts with Leadership Fairfax (LFI) to offer a new leadership course designed for retirees who want to move their lives from “success to significance.”  To help people recognize their potential in the second half of their lives, this course will provide transition training for high-level volunteering and community engagement. You will be empowered to look at who you are in relation to your community-at-large, and encouraged to explore opportunities for civic awareness, community action and volunteer connections. LLP is based on the belief that retirees can offer a wealth of experience, leadership, and vitality to your communities while enriching your own lives.

LLP is a partnership between Leadership Fairfax and Volunteer Fairfax, in collaboration with the Positive Aging Coalition, George Mason University, Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services and Area Agency on Aging. This 2-1/2 month program offers five bi-weekly program days, providing an overview of ways to transition into your next life chapter and insight into the Fairfax County community and its needs.

You have a lifetime of accumulated skills, leadership and, now, you have time to direct those skills into actions that can make a real difference in your community. LLP is an ideal way for you to set the stage to convert your wealth of knowledge into meaningful volunteer roles. Let us show you how to translate your expertise from career to premiere.

Topics for the five class days include:

• Self-discovery
• Social entrepreneurship and the experience dividend
• Fairfax County Government boards, agencies and commissions
• Engagement in a community-wide service project
• Community volunteer needs and non-profit fair/roundtable

• Commencement luncheon

The application deadline is extended.  If you are interested in finding out more or if you want to register, please contact Moniek at Moniek@leadershipfairfax.org

Please visit the following website to find more information and a link to register (deadline is extended)

http://www.leadershipfairfax.org/llp

Charting the Course to Your Retirement

A Retirement Class (non-credit) Offered Through George Mason University

We have some good news for those of you 50+ who are looking to transition into the Best Years of Your Life!  A new (non-credited) class called “Charting the Course to Your Retirement” will be offered through George Mason University starting this fall.  Taught by educators from GMU and other professionals who are certified 2Young2Retire facilitators, you’ll find this class to be both interactive and thought provoking while providing a great opportunity for you to chart your own course for a successful next chapter.

Throughout the country, most businesses offer their employees little help in easing their transition to retirement.  In “Charting the Course to Your Retirement”, the emphasis is shifted from the financial aspects of retirement to a focus on the social implications of this pivotal transition period.  A person’s career gives them social contact, recognition, a daily routine, a chance to use their skills and opportunities to be productive.  Most boomers want a retirement that fulfills many of these same needs.  Transitioning into “what’s next” can be daunting and uncertain for many individuals.   Participants will discuss topics such as changing roles within their relationships, career and part time work, the value of community involvement, changing family commitments and enjoying a lifetime of leisure.  You will have an opportunity to reflect on your own goals and will be provided with tools to create an individual, customized retirement plan.    The course is being offered in several formats with each class totaling 8 hours.  Courses will be held in several locations throughout the County. Class materials will be provided.  As part of a pilot project for potential research, GMU is offering this 8 hour class at a reduced rate of $40.00 per person.

Fall plans for times and locations have not been finalized so additional information will be sent by the Positive Aging Coalition.

 

Two Great Opportunities!   Which One Is Best For Me?

People have been wondering what is the difference between the two programs being promoted through the Positive Aging  Coalition –  the Lifetime Leadership Program presented by Leadership Fairfax and the Retirement Class being offered through GMU.

Lifetime Leadership Program – targets those who are already retired.  People who have a wealth of knowledge  from their careers will learn how to convert this experience into meaningful volunteer roles in their communities through high-level volunteering and community engagement. You will be empowered to look at who you are in relation to your community-at-large, and encouraged to explore opportunities for civic awareness, community action and volunteer connections.

Charting the Course to Your Retirement – targets those who are within a few years of retirement or recently retired.  People who would like help in easing their transition to retirement will discuss topics such as; changing roles within their relationships, career and part time work, the value of community involvement, changing family commitments and enjoying a lifetime of leisure.  Through discussion, a workbook and exercises that promote reflection, you will be provided with tools to create an individual, customized retirement plan.

If you are trying to decide which program is for you, we suggest using the contact information provided for each program to ask additional questions.

Age-In-Place Villages are Expanding in Fairfax County

The following is an article written by Patricia Rohrer, Fairfax County’s Long Term Care Program Developer, which highlights the efforts taking place right here in Fairfax County to provide services to you and your neighbors as we all Age in Place.

Older adults across the nation are deciding to age-in-place where they live.  They are helping themselves do this by organizing grass roots, neighbor-helping-neighbor service programs, commonly called Villages.  The goal of the Village Movement is to access an array of services in one’s own home and neighborhood rather than move to retirement communities or institutional settings.   Village organizers, who are generally age 50 and older, are “taking charge” by vetting and negotiating arrangements with service providers and creating volunteer programs for elders in their communities.   Services range from rides to medical appointments, discounts to local theatres, reliable home repair services, home health care, etc.  An easy access phone number, website and/or neighborhood office space is generally created for village members to access services in a one-stop-shop method.    Some charge membership fees, others do not and some establish volunteer time exchanges called “time banks.”

Fairfax County older adults are busy surveying their neighbors and hosting meetings to determine the services and supports they need and are in various stages of village development and operation.  Each is unique and different depending on their needs and preferences.   The flagship village, founded in Mount Vernon in 2007, was quickly followed by others in Mosby Woods, Reston, McLean, Franklin Park and Lake Barcroft.

To be connected to existing Fairfax County villages or to receive information and technical assistance for village planning, contact Patricia Rohrer, Long Term Care Program Developer, Fairfax County Health Department, 703-324-2051 or email patricia.rohrer@fairfaxcounty.gov

Fairfax County age-in-place village websites:

Franklin Park Village (uses a neighborhood list serve)

Lake Barcroft Village www.lakebarcroftvillage.org

McLean Aging in Community (website under construction)

Mosby Woods Village mosbywoodsvillage@gmail.com

Mount Vernon at Home  www.mountvernonathome.org

Reston for a Lifetime www.restonforalifeime.org

 

 

 

 

 

Positive Aging Coalition’s  Wish List for 2012:

 

Space – Do you have access to space for meetings, workshops?

Writers  - Would you be willing  to write an article for our newsletter?

Research – If you find an article of interest or know of research being done on the value of positive aging and/or transition programs, please let us know.

Funding – Are you aware of any grants, awards, or other possible funding opportunities which are related to our mission, values and objectives?

Web Consultant – Are you familiar with updating websites, social networking,  Wordpress?  Please contact us if you are willing to help!

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Welcome to our first Newsletter!!!

Positive Aging Coalition Newsletter – January 2012

Are you wondering what the Positive Aging Coalition has been up to these last six months?   Since our successful mini conference on “The Bonus Years”, we’ve been busy developing relationships and partnerships with local organizations who share our mission – which is – To support people in the second half of their lives who are transitioning into their Next Chapter.   We   facilitate connections that lead to community service, life long learning, meaningful work, self discovery and well being.   In this newsletter you’ll see some examples of the type of collaborative work we are doing and plan to continue to provide to our community.

Leadership Fairfax – Lifetime Leadership Program

We’ve been working with Leadership Fairfax for several years and are thrilled to announce a new leadership course designed for retirees who want to move their lives from “success to significance.”  To help people recognize their potential in the second half of their lives this course will provide transition training for high-level volunteering and community engagement. You will be empowered to look at who you are in relation to your community-at-large, and encouraged to explore opportunities for civic awareness, community action and volunteer connections. LLP is based on the belief that retirees can offer a wealth of experience, leadership, and vitality to your communities while enriching your own lives.

LLP is a partnership between Leadership Fairfax and Volunteer Fairfax, in collaboration with the Positive Aging Coalition, George Mason University, Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services and Area Agency on Aging. This 2-1/2 month program offers five bi-weekly program days, providing an overview of ways to transition into your next life chapter and insight into the Fairfax County community and its needs.

You have a lifetime of accumulated skills, leadership and, now, you have time to direct those skills into actions that can make a real difference in your community. LLP is an ideal way for you to set the stage to convert your wealth of knowledge into meaningful volunteer roles. Let us show you how to translate your expertise from career to premiere.

Topics for the five class days include:

• Self-discovery
• Social entrepreneurship and the experience dividend
• Fairfax County Government boards, agencies and commissions
• Engagement in a community-wide service project
• Community volunteer needs and non-profit fair/roundtable• Commencement luncheon

Visit any one of the following websites to find more information and a link to register

http://www.volunteerfairfax.org/individuals/llp.php  http://www.leadershipfairfax.org/llp

Reston Community Center – Provides a Workshop Series

We’ve been working with Reston Community Center to provide a series of workshops which will help you make decisions about how to spend your “Bonus Years”!

Live You’re Best Life After 50

This workshop series is designed to support individuals who are thinking about retirement, those transitioning into retirement, and those who have already retired.  People in the process of transitioning from their work careers are sometimes called Third Agers because they have one-third of their life left to live after they retire. The Positive Aging Coalition of Fairfax County was organized to help ensure the wellbeing of these individuals and improve the quality of life of Northern Virginia residents. Each weekly meeting will focus on a different, stimulating topic such as Finding Your Passion & Purpose, Choosing an Encore Career, Your Transition Life Plan, Maintaining Social Connections, and Your Boarding Pass for a First Class Retirement , just to name a few. The specific course syllabus will be provided prior to the first class. Professionals from around the region who are affiliated with the Positive Aging Coalition will lead the weekly sessions.   Visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com  to register.

Five  2-hour sessions

Saturdays

March 17 – April 21, 2012

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

RCC Hunters Woods

Chesapeake Life Planning Network – An Organization for Professionals in the Life Planning Field

As professionals working with people at midlife and beyond, you may be interested in an exciting professional organization taking shape in our Washington DC area: the Chesapeake Life Planning Network (CLPN).

The National Life Planning Network (LPN), www.lifeplanningnetwork.org, is a community of professionals and organizations from diverse disciplines and fields dedicated to helping people navigate the second half of life.  During this phase of life, people deal with various topics including: financial and legal planning, career changes, volunteering, health and wellness, housing, leisure activities, transition planning, family/relationships, care giving, spirituality, and lifelong learning.  Since no one person can provide expert help in all of these areas, our mission is to develop and share resources and knowledge that support professionals in their work to enhance people’s later lives and thus benefit society.

LPN began in Boston in 2002 and new groups are emerging in California and Minnesota as well as here.  Our Chesapeake group started in 2008 and we invite you to attend a meeting; talk with our members; and read about our mission and efforts on the website to see if you’d like to become an official paid member.

Holistic life planning is a pioneering approach for a rapidly changing life phase formerly known as retirement.  Due to the longevity revolution, people have 20-30 bonus years to become fully engaged in a life they design aligned with their passion and purpose.  Mindful choices they make early on can make later years more comfortable and authentic.

Our CLPN group of professionals from VA, MD, and DC meet in person 4 times per year as well as teleconference committee and project work.  Our focus includes:

  • Sharing and learning from like-minded professionals
  • Identifying best practices and innovative models
  • Fostering collaboration
  • Professional development support and referrals

The CLPN’s next meeting will be Thursday, January 26th, 10:15- 1:00 in Falls Church.  If you are interested, please contact Candy Spitz LCSW, ACC for more details @ 703 534-1128 candy@boomerslifecoach.com

 

PAC’s  WishList for 2012:

Space – Do you have access to space for meetings, workshops?

Writers  - Would you be willing  to write an article for our newsletter?

Research – If you find an article of interest or know of research being done on the value of positive aging and/or transition programs, please let us know.

Funding – Are you aware of any grants, awards, or other possible funding opportunities which are related to our mission, values and objectives?

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